Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour
Yukon Dog Sledding & Musher's Camp Excursion from Skagway
Departing from Skagway's glacially carved coastline, you will ride over the coastal mountain range through the White Pass Summit Area known as the Tormented Valley. And here begins the adventure of a lifetime: the Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour in Skagway.
Making your way across the northwest corner of British Columbia and into the southwest corner of the Yukon, you will savor majestic mountain vistas, pristine lakes, and crisp, clean air. A photo stop will be made at Emerald Lake before traveling on to Caribou Crossing Trading Post and Museum. During this tour, you can relax and enjoy a tasty Yukon-style lunch, visit one of the most spectacular wildlife museums in North America, and visit a dog musher's camp. The museum's exhibits range from Ice Age specimens to animals more recently introduced into the Yukon. Also included are exotic animals from both the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Alaska and the Yukon, as well as from around the world.
The highlight of this Skagway excursion may be your visit to the mushing camp at Caribou Crossing, where mushers train their dogs for the world's toughest dogsled race, the "Yukon Quest." You will spend 30 minutes in the camp - double the time allotted to most other tours! Your time in the camp includes a 20-minute presentation on the art of mushing, including how they train in the summer without snow, followed by a five to six-minute ride with an experienced dogsled musher over cut trails in a dog cart pulled by racing huskies. There will also be time to play with the puppies, so do not forget your camera. All too soon it is time to begin the approximate two-hour drive back to Skagway.
Please Note: All tour stops are subject to change based on weather and road conditions. This Skagway cruise tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the U.S. border. All U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and Canada are required to present an original copy of their birth certificate or passport, and a valid government issued driver's license or ID card. People of all other nationalities are required to have a photo I.D., a passport, and visa (if required). Please check for updated customs requirements prior to traveling.
All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Restroom stops will be made on the drive to and from Caribou Crossing; facilities are very basic.
Please be aware that this tour operates in the wilderness, hours away from medical facilities. Although staff do have general first aid knowledge, this tour is not recommended for guests with serious medical conditions or infants under the age of 20 months.
Reviewer: Sandra Cornish
I really loved this tour, great to see the dogs and get some good information on the Idatrod dog race. The only negative it was a bit rushed once we got there, got our lunch, but didn't have enough time to look around.
Reviewer: Ginny Scorup
We were so glad we selected this tour. We were on a small bus and our driver was very informative and fun, he was also helpful with taking photos. We were able to stop at several picturesque locations on our way to and from the dog musher camp. The camp itself was excellent! A great BBQ lunch was provided, we wandered around the facility then went on a dog sled ride. For summer training they use a custom-designed wheeled summer rig. We were in the rig when the dogs were selected; they were so excited to be selected to pull the rig. After the ride we were shown supplies used and told about the 1000-mile Iditarod race by the owner of the camp who has competed in two of the races. We then played with and held the husky pups. On the drive to and from the camp we saw eagles, mountain goats and one black bear. Highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Sandy Salkow
Great day, great driver, group of 6. Too hot for mushers at our scheduled time so Andrew called us to get there earlier. It was perfect. Beautiful scenic drive (plenty of photo stops), great BBQ lunch and plenty of time with Sled dogs and new pups. Musher ride replaced with RTV on trails - just great.
Reviewer: Tony & Debbie
We enjoyed the Yukon dog musher adventure tour so much. The joy of interacting with the puppies, learning the history of dog mushing and the Iditarod, the museum was outstanding, a very tasty bbq lunch and finally, experiencing a “training” run with a team of very excited dogs. Our only regret was that we only had three hours here, we could have spent another two easily.
We had great time seeing the dogs And understanding how they traine the doggies